Teaching Fellowships

The Numeric Teaching Academy (NTA) provides Teaching Fellowships for university graduates to train to become maths teachers. More specifically, the Academy provides an intensive, yearlong training program during which candidates complete their post graduate certification in education (PGCE) and participate in content, practical and classroom management training. Students who apply and are accepted join a vibrant and friendly community of people who are passionate about maths education.

A core part of the Teaching Fellowship is a part-time, yearlong teaching internship at one of the Academy's afterschool programs. These programs are typically located in lower income areas such as Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain. While our mission is to train high quality maths teachers, we believe that our Teaching Fellows can make a large and meaningful contribution to the education of children in disadvantaged communities. For our Teaching Fellows, this is an opportunity not only to give back, but to gain valuable in-classroom experience with bright and enthusiastic learners.

Teaching Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. The Academy also provides financial aid for those students who need assistance with accommodation and transport costs.

Candidates who are accepted into the Academy are referred to as Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows typically spend their mornings in Academy-related training activities (mathematics content and pedagogy, lesson planning, education theory, professional communication, etc.) and spend two afternoons per week coaching in Numeric afterschool programs. Teaching Fellows are expected to work through their PGCE modules in their own time, though the Academy provides one dedicated session each week to PGCE related topics. We believe this provides the ideal mix of practice and theory required to produce great teachers.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. The application season for 2018 will run from May 15 to September 15, 2017.

1. Pre-requisites

There are three basic requirements for applying to the Teaching Academy:
  • 1. You must have completed or be in your final year of completing a bachelor's degree or three-year diploma.
  • 2. You must have completed maths at first year level or otherwise have passed pure maths at matric level with a minimum of 65%.
  • 3. You must have completed one other school subject to at least second year level.

We are looking for people who are passionate about mathematics and who express a genuine motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession. While having a strong maths background is beneficial, we view the desire to teach and to work with kids as equally if not more important when assessing an applicant’s candidacy. Candidates who are successful in their application for a Teaching Fellowship will then be provided with an opportunity to apply for Financial Aid.

2. Funding

The Academy covers the full cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. Additionally, all Teaching Fellows are placed into the Academy’s afterschool programs where they will coach (and earn) for the duration of their qualification. The funding for these Fellowships is provided by large institutions and companies who wish to assist in the training of South African maths teachers.

Candidates who are awarded the Teaching Fellowship are also eligible to apply for financial aid. While the Fellowship covers the cost of tuition, materials and a monthly stipend, some candidates may require additional financial assistance to cover transport costs or secure accommodation and the financial aid application process is intended to meet this need.

3. Calendar

The Teaching Fellowship is a one year, full-time program that commences in December with a two-week training boot camp and continues through to the following December. The provisional calendar for 2017 is laid out below.

Training (2016)

Dates Description
28 Nov - 9 Dec Two week boot camp held at UCT

Semester 1 (2017)

Dates Description
23 Jan - 31 Mar Term 1
03 Apr - 17 Apr Easter Break
18 Apr - 23 Jun Term 2
19 Apr - 26 May Teaching Practical 1 (25 days)
29 May - 23 Jun Semester 1 Exams
26 Jun - 21 Jul Winter Break

Semester 2 (2017)

Dates Description
24 Jul - 29 Sep Term 3
25 Aug - 29 Sep Teaching Practical 2 (25 days)
02 Oct - 06 Oct Spring Break
09 Oct - 30 Nov Term 4
04 Dec - 08 Dec Graduation

4. How To Apply

Applications for 2017 are now closed. The application season for 2018 will run from May 15 to September 15, 2017

The Numeric application season runs from May through September each year. Candidates should complete the online application and upload relevant documents on Numeric’s website. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in late September and Fellowships will be awarded in early October. Successful applicants attend a two week boot camp in December and commence regular Academy activities in the third week of January.

5. Teaching Qualification

The Academy has partnered with UNISA for the provision of the post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE). As such, Teaching Fellows will complete the 10 UNISA modules required to obtain their PGCE. Once obtained, Teaching Fellows can then register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and apply for full-time positions in South African schools.

It is important to note that the Academy has its own set of academic requirements. These include content tests, lesson planning portfolios, education theory, and professional communication modules. We believe these are valuable additions to the UNISA PGCE as they provide the practical skills required for a teaching career. These requirements culminate in the NTA Certificate which Teaching Fellows can use when applying for jobs.

6. Teaching Internships

All Teaching Fellows are placed into paid teaching internships in one of Numeric's partner schools. These are located in Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni. Teaching Fellows coach two afternoons per week throughout the year (including during the teaching practical periods). This equates to three to five hours of coaching each week. Teaching Fellows are paid R95 per hour for coaching and are reimbursed their transport costs.

While our partner schools are located in lower-income areas, Numeric expends considerable effort in partner school recruitment and aims to identify school leadership and management teams who share our vision and who can provide our Teaching Fellows with the support and infrastructure they require to create high impact learning environments. The Academy's team of program managers provide additional mentorship and support to Teaching Fellows throughout the year.

7. Community

One of the most valuable aspects of the Teaching Academy is the community of peers that Fellows will establish during their qualification. We are a friendly, passionate and dedicated group of people who believe deeply in our ability to shape and change society through education. The friendships that Fellows make during their year at the Academy will endure long after the qualification is complete, and will provide them with a valuable network of peers with whom they can share their teaching experiences, ideas and know-how throughout their career.

8. Program

Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program in September. Teaching Fellowships are awarded conditional upon candidates’ acceptance into the UNISA PGCE. All Teaching Fellows attend a two-week boot camp in early December during which they will cover the content, pedagogy and classroom management skills required to complete their teaching internships the following year. They will also meet their fellow candidates who will provide a valuable support network to them during the qualification process.

Teaching Fellows split their time into three separate activities each week:

  • 1. Academy Training (~16 hours per week): Academy training takes place Monday through Thursday each week from 08h30 - 13h00 with a coffee break mid-morning. The major emphasis of the Academy training is mathematics content and pedagogy, with additional time dedicated to topics such as lesson planning, professional communication and education theory.
  • 2. Teaching Internships (~6 hours per week): Following training in December, Fellows are placed into one of the Academy’s after-school programs located in Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni (in Cape Town). Here they are assigned a group of 25 learners with whom they will work throughout the year. Teaching Fellows meet with their learners two afternoons each week, and take them through an intensive curriculum in Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra.
  • 3. Unisa Modules (~8 hours per week): Teaching Fellows are expected to work through the UNISA PGCE modules in their own time. This includes working on assignments and preparing for end of semester exams. The Academy provides one two-hour session each week that will cover selected PGCE topics. This is not sufficient to cover the PGCE curriculum, but provides a brief introduction to and overview of each of the UNISA theory modules.

In addition to these activities, Teaching Fellows will participate in two teaching practicals during the year.

  • 4. Teaching Practicals (2 five-week practicals): Teaching Fellows will do two in-school teaching practicals during the year, one in April/May and the other in August/September. These are immersion experiences intended to give Teaching Fellows hands-on experience and insight into how schools and teaching actually work. Teaching Fellows are assigned a mentor teacher at their schools who oversees their training and development during this time.

We believe the mix above provides candidates with an intensive, yet well-rounded introduction to teaching mathematics. Perhaps as important as the curricular aspects of the program is the network of peers and friendships established between Teaching Fellows. A good teacher never stops improving, and the community of practice formed between Teaching Fellows provides a lifelong source of inspiration and support in the teaching vocation.

9. Placements

Following graduation from the Academy, Teaching Fellows will be expected to teach in a South African public school for at least one year. The Academy will assist Teaching Fellows in securing placements by creating networking opportunities, assisting with CV development and interview skills, and providing references.

10. Location

The Numeric Training Academy is located in Observatory, Cape Town, near a range of easily accessible transport hubs. All training takes place at the Academy, while the part-time teaching internships are located at Numeric partner schools located in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Mfuleni. The teaching practicals take place at schools across Cape Town, depending on convenience.

11. Contact

Please submit all queries to teach@numeric.org. We target a 24-hour turnaround on queries but request your patience during application season as we experience a higher than usual number of queries during this time.

12. More Information

For a live-feed of Numeric activities and opportunities, check out our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/numericorg).